Priorities and Objectives

The Emergency Operations Center has been activated since the beginning of March to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. There are more than 150 staff assigned to the response effort, with the majority of those people working remotely. The EOC organizational chart shows our structure. Photo below was taken on March 20. We have less people now, and we wear face coverings when not alone at our workstations (which are spaced six feet apart).

EOC on March 20, 2020

EOC Objectives for This Operational Period

  1. Equity: Ensure all EOC sections incorporate equity considerations into their actions and prioritize support to vulnerable populations and marginalized communities.
  2. Public Information: Provide timely and accurate information and guidance to the community regarding the new school metrics and public health measures that will help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
  3. Public Health Response: Manage the expanded public health workforce responsible for case investigation, contact tracing, active monitoring, and outbreaks. Fill basic needs for people who require assistance while isolated or quarantined.
  4. Governor’s Orders: Coordinate the thorough implementation of disease control measures and enforce the governor’s executive orders regarding COVID-19.
  5. Disparate Impacts: Develop and implement strategies to slow disease spread in settings and communities that are disproportionately impacted (communities of color, houseless, long-term care and other congregate settings, migrant farmworkers).
  6. Resources for Infection Control: Provide resources, including medical PPE and other items (e.g. non-medical infection control items), to eligible recipients.
  7. COVID-19 Funding and Recovery Efforts: Provide support and ensure a coordinated process for tracking COVID-19 costs and funding sources for the County. Support and coordinate County, countywide, and regional recovery efforts.

EOC Priorities for This Operational Period

  1. Support and coordinate efforts to mitigate the impact of the disease.
  2. Support community reopening and resumption of economic activity in alignment with disease control best practices.
  3. Using an equity lens, prioritize and support people who are likely to be more heavily impacted by COVID-19 and disease control measures (e.g., people who are houseless, communities of color, people with limited English proficiency, older adults, people in congregate settings, and people with pre-existing health conditions).
  4. Assess and lessen the impacts of the disease on community lifelines and the economy.
  5. Support, encourage and facilitate community resiliency and leverage community support.
  6. Ensure an inclusive and equitable response by addressing stigmatization and racism, making equitable decisions, and promoting positive messages.